The subject is derived from Ariosto's epic poem Orlando Furioso (X.19-34), one of the favorite sources of Italian painters of the seicento. Olimpia, the "Countess of Holland," is abandoned by her husband Bireno while she sleeps, who sails off to sea. Her adventures became not only a subject for artists (in addition to Mannozzi, the sculptor Ferdinando Tacca and others) as well as a number of composers and librettists.
The present work repeats the composition of a painting attributed to Mannozzi (but possibly by a follower) in the collection of the Uffizi, Florence.
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